I use my laptop mainly for internet and media use. Movie watching, music playing, DL'ing , emailing ect ... I had No performance or stability issues with my laptop however I just moved to a new apartment so I figured a fresh reformat of the HD and a fresh install of XP could clean out some accumulated crap.
So I went through and found all the media I wanted to save before a fresh system reformat/install.
After that I popped in the XP install disc and restarted my ACER ASPIRE 1520.
I came to the blue XP install screen ... pressed F8 to agree like a good boy and then came to the hard drive partitions.
to my surprise not only did I have hard drive partitions C and D [on a single disc] but also a hd partition called
" :- eisa tools "
I thought to myself "I do not remember seeing that before"
so after weighing my assumptions for a couple of mintues I thought "eh, i'll delete it and reinstall xp THEN deal with the issues if they pop up" ... part of me was still saying "dont do it, DONT DO IT"
so I did it ... deleted all 3 partitions and then created 2 new partitions. I then selected which partition I wanted to install XP on and came to the NTFS or FAT format screen ...
I selected NTFS and *blip* ... the computer shut off.
So I turned it back on after checking the power adapter and making sure everything was secure, it was.
At this point on multiple occasions with the computer going *blip* and shutting off at various random points in the course of the XP install blue screen (non further along than the NTFS format section) I then decided to go into BIOS.
So I restarted the computer , pressed F2 to get into bios and I did ...
Although I couldn't use ANY OF MY KEYS, NONE OF THEM, NOT EVEN ONE besides the power button. So after staring at the bios specs screen in frustration I hit the power button. I then restarted and got back into bios but now my keys were working and I could browse through bios and I didn't end up doing anything other than changing the boot order making the CD-ROM first and the hard drive second.
If I have it set up so that the HD is first the message I receive is :
"NTLDR is missing - press ctrl+alt+del to restart"
I then DL'd a disc checking tool from here to find out if my HD is failing or not:
I burned the image and ran it in the computer. Well guess what - it boots however my keyboard will not work once the cd is engaged. The keyboard will also randomly stop working when i'm in BIOS , whether or not the CD is in the drive... I then tried again and got it to run the disc check long enough for it to actually go through the process and it returned "successfuL"
SO ITS NOT THE HARD DRIVE ...
At this point i'm guessing that all the main motherboard drivers are probably deleted or something because there was absolutely NON of this unstable stuff going on before i deleted the recovery image stored in the "eisa tools" partition on the drive.
and after doing some google research on EISA tools I decided to also try creating only a single hard drive partition and installing on that and again it would just *blip* and randomly shut down out of no where.
And from all the eRecovery stuff i've read you need the EISA tools partition for it to work so without that HOW would I be able to install all the system drivers [CPU , ect...] without having XP installed ??
Any ideas - i'm drowning in my frustrations to the point where i'm ready to smash this thing in raw rage.
Edited by metaverse, 16 June 2008 - 07:26 PM.